Bingu's brother takes the reins in Malawi

Malawi President Bingu wa Mutharika

Malawi President Bingu wa Mutharika who is unwell has provisionally handed over power to his younger brother Professor Peter Mutharika.

South African doctors were attending to Mutharika on Sunday and he has continued to receive treatment for undisclosed ailment.

He started with failing to walk properly, and then he collapsed in severe pain, a source at State House told Nyasa Times.

Mutharika's condition remains stable and all presidential powers have
been delegated to Prof Mutharika who is Chief Adviser on Constitutional
and Legal matters.

The country vice president Dr Cassim Chilumpha is sidelined by
government as he was accused of plotting to assassinate President

Prof Mutharika came back from his academic post at a US university
where he was a professor of International Law and Comparative
Constitutional Law.

He was parachuted into his position in Malawi soon after the death of
the First Lady Ethel to "assist" the older Mutharika in running

The younger Mutharika took a sabbatical to fill in the ‘technically’
vacant post of Vice President of Malawi and offer personal care and
advice to the president following the demise of Mrs. Mutharika.

The Mutharika administration has the characteristics of a family
fiefdom comparable to the Cuban scenario where the ill-fated Fidel
Castro appointed his younger brother Raul to act as President.

Nyasa Times

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